Mode Usage Evaluation: 2017 was “the Year When Digital Modes Changed Forever”

From 01/22/2018 ARRL news.

Club Log author and UK radio amateur Michael Wells, G7VJR, has reported that data compiled from 8,000 Club Log users indicates the proportion of FT-8 usage relative to other modes has risen dramatically since FT8’s introduction last year. Every few years, Wells has posted charts depicting mode usage on the amateur bands, based on log data uploaded to Club Log. Graphs he posted last week show the proportion of contacts on each mode for the last 20 years and then for the last 12 months.

“2017 was, of course, the year when digital modes changed forever with the advent of FT8,” said Wells. “It is a remarkable technical achievement, which has breathed life and enthusiasm into DXing for a whole new audience.”

Read the entire article here:

ARRL News: Mode Usage Evaluation

In Related news, Joe Taylor has announced a new version of WSJT-X will soon be available for use in DXing.  This should make for interesting operating on HF.

Have a look at Joe’s new product here:  WSJT-X ver. 1.9

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Happy New Year

The next meeting of SARS will be Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Weekly nets will still be conducted via SugarLoaf and Mount St. Helena.  Mt. Veeder is still off the air.

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Christmas Dinner


Family style meals include sourdough garlic bread and nonalcoholic beverages
    Margherita Pizza
Thin Crust tomato, basil and mozzarella cheese, cut in squares
     Antipasto Salad
Romaine & iceberg salad with tomatoes, red onions, carrots, broccoli, garbanzo beans, green olives, pepperoncini, sharp provolone cheese, salami and mortadella
Chicken Parmigiana
Baked with marinara & mushrooms topped with parmesan and mozzarella
Layers of noodles with meat sauce and cheeses baked in the oven to perfection
Pasta Primavera
Mostaccioli tossed with fresh garden vegetables served in an olive oil, white wine, garlic and butter sauce
Dessert included

Dinner will be at Filippi’s 645 First Street Napa, CA at 6:30 pm on December 5, 2017
It will be $25.00 per person I will need reservations by Tuesday November 28.
You can email me at or get a hold of me on the radio.



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W6CO repeaters without power

The fire on Mt. Veeder last week burned many power poles leaving nearly 200 residents without power.  The W6CO equipment, both analog and Dstar operated on battery until last Friday when the batteries went dead.

UPDATE: 11/23
We don’t have power and probably won’t for some time.  We will need to put a work party together to replace our meter pole which burned off at the base.  PG&E will not provide power to the site until the pole and wiring is replaced.  We will also need to replace the batteries as they were allowed to sit too long, discharged and in intense heat  We will address specific needs on the weekly net.  If you can help out please check in.  JW

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November Meeting

Special presentation:  Peter, N6NZI will demonstrate the use of WSJT-X, a program supporting several of the newer Digital Modes for HF.  WSJT-X has a number of features not found in modes such as PSK-31.  An excellent 2-part article can be found in Oct/Nov QST.


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